Ifixit Mac Mini Mid 2011 Teardown

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  1. spda242 macrumors member

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  2. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    Great, I didn't realise the HDD was so easy to change. I can forsee a purchase of a base MacMini and a decent 7200 hdd!
     
  3. Richie3000 macrumors member

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    This is great news! Looks like the HDD replacement procedure is 50x easier than last years model! To get the drive out of the old one, you had to remove virtually every other part first, now it appears you have to remove two EASY pieces!

    Hello SSD!
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    adding an ssd looks like the move to make. then when cables come out having two ssds or a 1tb samsung with a big ssd would be nice.
     
  5. japtor macrumors regular

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    Yeah it looks pretty easy for the stock drive, and I thought the same about adding a second but after checking out the pics more I'm not too sure. I'm worried that you might have to screw the other drive into that other piece with the holes, which would mean taking the whole thing apart. Hopefully it's just some simple drop in thing like the first drive.
     
  6. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    An SSD and a external Thunderbolt drive might be a good combination, should someone actually get round to producing a reasonably price model (or even a caddy).
     
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I am going to clone the internal to an ssd boot test the ssd then swap the ssd into it also add 8gb ram. When cables come out going to 2 drive looks easy but I think I will need to wait for that step.

    It looks like putting a 1tb in of any height would work but if you want 2 1tb hdds you would need to use the slim samsung.
     
  8. Westyfield2 macrumors 6502a

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    Replacing the drive looks fine :). Just need to see now whether there's any temperature sensor/fan problems like with the iMac...
     
  9. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    My base 599 dollar model arrives today I have an ssd to clone so we should know in about 5 or 6 hours.
     
  10. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

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    Any concerns that Lion is not going to support TRIM on SSD?
     
  11. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    No not really it is a 256gb ssd takes a while to fill it. The teardown looks to me like I can go back into mac mini mods on ebay.. the 2010 model was not very friendly to mod. here is a seller on ebay from my state of New Jersey I don't know him but he has good feedback. he is selling a base 2011 on ebay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-Mac-Mini-...e_Desktops&hash=item2a127e89c8#ht_4995wt_1301


    If you know what you are doing it looks like it can be made. I may go back to selling them again.
    I don't rush like the seller on ebay I test them a while to be sure they are good.

    I may just use the basic model and put in a 1tb hdd and 4gb ram for ht. people that stream netflix and record a little bit of eye tv would find it nice. The base model could be built into that for under 700.

    Note to the mods: The seller I listed has no connection to me and I am not trying to sell any gear. I do not have any minis listed on ebay.
     
  12. spda242 thread starter macrumors member

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    No, look at http://www.groths.org/

    Also, consider that OWC for example doesn't recommend TRIM for their Sandforce SSD!
     
  13. FrancoisC macrumors 6502

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    Let us know!

    I'm waiting for mine too (i7, 6630m) and plan to put an SSD too.
     
  14. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

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    Very interesting!
     
  15. erpetao macrumors regular

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    How did it go?

    Sent from my HTC HD2 using Tapatalk
     
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